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2016 Wine Country Film Festival

Shorts Film Program Sunday

Shorts / 90 mins

Shorts Film Program Sunday

KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
September 25, 2016 11:00 am

Description

These short films are great because they tell more in as little as four minutes than many feature films. Concentrated and meaningful, they take our breath away.
Muscle USA 14 min Dir: Heidi Miami Marshall
Amanda, a woman married to a terminally ill man, cares for him day in and day out. Their marriage broke down long before the disease and now frayed by a life in stasis, she must make the agonizing decision to live for him or live for herself.
Lucky Star USA 19 min Director: Priya Amritaj
Inspired by true events, the film looks at relevant issues of immigration and income inequality through the eyes of 12-year-old Camila Garcia and her hardworking single mother. Daily she buys lottery scratchers at the local corner store but being underage, she gives Charlie the money to make the purchases. After months of being unsuccessful, Camila finally wins $100,000—an amount which could change their lives forever.
Wings Italy 18 min Dir: Marco Caprio
A chance encounter with a stranger’s journal on a bus in Rome rekindles his memories of unknown emotions utterly awed by wonder. This day has come just for him and now everything is in place to be with her wings once again.
The Lake USA 15 min Dir: Michael Buie
Described as a provocative, ambiguous, moving short film about personal choices, morality, control … and a cat and dog — this is a masterpiece in style and brevity, poignantly encapsulating the conflicting opinions about end of life care. The story is based on Michael Buie’s stepdad Paul Kuntz, the prominent Kitchener businessman (Kuntz Electroplating) and philanthropist. He is the inspiration for Buie’s film, about a man diagnosed with terminal cancer who decides to end his life on his own terms to save his family the pain of his gradual decline.
“Paul was a very strong man who took care of people,” notes Buie, who describes him as “one of the greatest men I’ve ever known. My film is an appreciation and understanding of the power of love that comes from the most difficult of times,” adds Buie, summing up the film’s message like some wise old philosopher. “It’s a different kind of love.”
BEING SEEN USA 15 min Dirs: Paul Zehrer and Chikara Motomura
Bay Area filmmakers, Paul Zehrer and Chikara Motomura, spent over three years following individuals living with developmental disabilities throughout the Bay Area. Their film explores the poorly understood subculture of people living with developmental disabilities; individuals whose candid and articulate self-awareness quickly shatter preconceptions of who they are and how they think about themselves and the world — leaving us with existential questions about the meaning of “disabled” and “normal”. Rather than defining themselves by their diagnosis, individuals (young and old) strive to create meaning, meet adversity, and dream of their futures.

THE JUNGLE Turkey 15 min Dirs: Onur Saylak, Doğu Akal

In the center of Istanbul, a mega city of nothingness, Omar who fled from the war in Syria is struggling to rebuild his life. He finds stray dogs and sells them to Fahri the owner of a pet shop. Fahri has an unusual request – he wants Omar to find a snake from the nearby forest. A middle class couple Zeynep and Dundar living in their comfort zone are jogging by when their path in the forest intersects with Omar. Unexpectedly their lives change forever.

 

In This Program


  1. Being Seen

    Paul Zehrer / Cinema of Conscience, Shorts / USA / 2016 / Healing, Romance, Social Issues / 15 mins
    “Being Seen” explores the poorly understood subculture of people living with "developmental disabilities." Rather than defining themselves by their diagnosis, individuals (young and old) strive to create meaning, meet adversity, and dream of their futures.

  2. The Jungle

    Onur Saylak, Doğu Akal / Shorts / Turkey / 2015 / 15 mins
    In the center of Istanbul, a mega city of nothingness, Omar who fled from the war in Syria is struggling to rebuild his life. He finds stray dogs and sells them to Fahri the owner of a pet shop. Fahri has an unusual request - he wants Omar to find a snake from the nearby forest. A middle class couple Zeynep and Dundar living in their comfort zone are jogging by when their path in the forest intersects with Omar. Unexpectedly their lives change forever.

  3. The Lake

    Michael Buie / Shorts / USA / 2016 / 15 mins
    A provocative, ambiguous, moving short film about personal choices, morality, control … and a cat and dog — this is a masterpiece in style and brevity, poignantly encapsulating the conflicting opinions about end of life care. The story is based on Michael Buie’s stepdad Paul Kuntz, the prominent Kitchener businessman (Kuntz Electroplating) and philanthropist. He is the inspiration for Buie's film, about a man diagnosed with terminal cancer who decides to end his life on his own terms to save his family the pain of his gradual decline.

  4. Lucky Star

    Priya Amritraj / Youth, CineLatino, Shorts / USA / 19 mins
    Inspired by true events, Lucky Star centers on 12-year-old Camila Garcia. Desperate to help her hardworking, single mother, she buys lottery scratchers at the local corner store. Giving one of its regulars the money to make the purchase for her as she’s underage. After months of nothing, Camila actually wins $100,000. The sort of money that could change their lives—if she can find a way to claim it. Lucky Star looks at the timely and relevant issues of immigration and income inequality through the eyes of a young girl in an emotional love story between a daughter and her mother.

  5. Muscle

    Heidi Miami Marshall / Woman Filmmaker, Cinema of Conscience / USA / 14 mins
    Amanda, a woman married to a terminally ill man, cares for him day in and day out. Their marriage broke down long before the disease and now frayed by a life in stasis, she must make the agonizing decision to live for him or live for herself.

  6. Wings

    Marco Capriotti / Italy / 2016 / 18 mins
    A chance encounter with a stranger's journal on a bus in Rome rekindles his memories of unknown emotions utterly awed by wonder. This day has come just for him and now everything is in place to be with her wings once again.

Dates & Times

Shorts Film Program Sunday

KenWood Restaurant Theatre Space
September 25, 2016 11:00 am